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kūare

1. (verb) to be ignorant, unaware, unenlightened, naive, uninformed, illiterate, uneducated, unknowing, low in the social scale, held in no esteem.

Ki te mea ka kūare te kaiwhakamāori, tēnā hoki e hē ngā mahi hoko whenua, ngā tikanga rīhi whenua, me ngā mahi katoa (TW 29/6/1878:322). / If the interpreter is ignorant then land sales and the procedures for land leases and all related activities will go awry.

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2. (modifier) ignorant, unaware, unenlightened, naïve, uninformed, illiterate, uneducated, unknowing, low in the social scale, held in no esteem.

E ai ki te whakaaro o te kōmihana, kātahi te kerēme kūare ko tēnā (TTR 1996:29). / In the opinion of the commision, it was a naïve claim.

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3. (noun) ignorance, ignorant person.

Ko aua mōhio me tū hei kaiwhakamāori, ā kaua te kūare e kīia kia tū, nō te mea mā te kūare e hē ai te iwi (TW 29/6/1878:322). / Those knowledgeable people must be appointed as interpreters and don't say that ignorant ones should be appointed because through their ignorance the people will be led astray.

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